The gender therapist (whom I believe has an unholy financial alliance with the surgeon) gave my daughter (then 18 and one day) the go-ahead for the $30,000 surgery (covered for all university employees and their families where I work). My daughter is now on testosterone (which she clearly is unable to evaluate the risks and consequences of).
To give you some sense of my daughter’s level of understanding of what it means to transition, she told me recently that she believes that the testosterone “will grow her a penis.” I had to break the news to her that, although this is the mythology in the PFLAG meetings (where a number of the other young trans people are also autistic), this is not the case.> More.
Reality check: The mother, Kathleen Levinstein, social work prof, is however, part of the problem:
UPDATE 5/24/16: The National Review (NRO) has published an article discussing Dr. Levinstein’s post here on 4thWaveNow. It was pointed out in the comments thread on the NRO piece that Dr. Levinstein’s bio on the U Michigan-Flint site includes a statement that she is the “proud mother of a trans son.” I asked her for a response, and she submitted the following for this update.
That bio was written two years ago, prior to all my daughter’s surgeries and the ensuing and now chronic health problems resulting from testosterone, at a time when I was trying my best to be supportive of my child’s choices.
I am indeed proud of my daughter, who has been a victim in this process.
Dr. Levinstein also stated that she is happy to discuss her situation further with the press.
I think Levinstein should erase all contact with social work and “the press.” In fact, almost everyone should.
See also: Target’s post-bathroom war’s sales stink The transgender cause is one of the strangest of progressive movements because it directly targets normal reticence, to promote a cause that is outside most customers’ experience. On the other hand, if progressive governments can force this on the public, there is hardly any limit to what they can do.